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Mandafofanda Reads Lots

The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?

- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Hit The Road, Manny - Christian Burch I have a crazy love of The Manny Files is moreso Manny's story, though still told from Keats point of view. We continue to see his upbeat zaniness, but we also get to see some more vulnerable moments, as well as go into his past. Keats now knowing about Manny's relationship with his uncle Max, he gets exposed to the intolerance of homosexuality that doesn't exist inside his close-knit and accepting family.

While I love that Manny became more of a fully realized character, I think that I enjoyed The Manny Files better it had a deeper development of Keats' self-confidence and self-acceptance with Manny's help. There are some lessons learned in this book, but I felt that it didn't hit as hard and more just skimmed the surface of issues.

But yet again, the characters I grew to love are back and up to more hijinks - I laughed hilariously, and had some teary moments of both the joyful and morose varieties. And while I would totally continue to read about Keats' adventures if this series continued, if this is the end of that journey, it definitely ended on a high note.